Should the Padres wait to deal Adrian Gonzalez?

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Thumbnail image for adrian gonzalez.jpgHe’s been one of the most
bandied-about names this offseason, but Jon Paul Morosi of thinks it would behoove the Padres
to wait until the 2010 non-waiver trade deadline to trade Adrian Gonzalez:

By the middle of this season, it should be different.

In July, other GMs can’t talk about free-agent options.

In July, other GMs are under pressure to
go for
it by getting one more left-handed slugger.

In July, other GMs will look at the money remaining on
Gonzalez’s contract — at that stage, barely more than $7
million through 2011 — and say to ownership: “For this guy,
for that amount of money, we should make it happen.”

Owed a modest $4.75 million next
season with the bargain of a $5.5 million club option for 2011, the
Padres are wise to wait for the right deal in return for their
franchise first baseman. According to Morosi, one rival executive
doubts new general manager Jed Hoyer would accept an offer of
right-handers Clay
Buchholz and Daniel Bard if the package didn’t also include
right-hander Casey Kelly or outfielder Ryan Westmoreland.

It’s a hefty price tag, of course,
but Morosi likens the situation to that of Mark Teixeira, when he was
dealt from the Rangers to the Braves at the trade deadline in 2007 —
also, a year and a half before hitting free agency. The Rangers managed
to turn that deal into shortstop Elvis Andrus and promising
right-hander Neftali Feliz. With teams jockeying for position around
the trade deadline, the Red Sox may come knocking with a more
substantial offer should their lineup lack the proper thump without
Jason Bay.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.